Hello and welcome.
My name is Don Berg.
I'm a psychologist.
I have had a lifelong fascination with educating children.
Whether you are a principal, a superintendent, a school board member, or a leader without a title, I want to help you understand the psychology of learning.
And how knowledge of that psychology will enable you to be the best school leader you can be from whatever position you happen to occupy.
My work on educational leadership includes innovative ideas like Holistic Equity, Catalytic Pedagogy, and Back to Basics 2.0 which you can learn about through my books, videos, and other works.
The results of good leadership in schools, no matter what else you call it, is what I call Catalytic Pedagogy.
Holistic Equity DOT org is a joint project of Attitutor Media, a company I founded, and Deeper Learning Advocates, for which I am the Executive Director.
I have over 20 years experience facilitating children's learning by leading them in non-classroom settings.
For example, I started a holistic microschool back in the 90's, long before the pandemic almost made microschools mainstream.
I operated that program for about 5 years into the early 2000's.
My students were mostly 6-12 years old.
We used the community as the primary learning resource and made decisions about what to do day-to-day by consensus.
In 2012 after a 25 year sabbatical from Reed College I finally finished my degree in psychology.
That led to my having a couple of peer-reviewed journal articles published.
One was for my thesis research on the patterns of motivation for students attending two schools in Oregon.
Just after I finished the degree I had a friend invite me to help him co-found a political non-profit called Portland Clean Air.
For the last eight years I was on that detour from my primary passion for educating children as the Board Treasurer and the primary administrator for the organization.
PCA was highly effective at organizing neighborhoods to negotiate directly with polluting industries.
Over $20 million worth of pollution mitigating equipment was installed with our encouragement.
Pretty good for local grassroots activists who never filed a law suit, never lobbied elected officials, and never used the press to embarrass a local industry.
So, there are three worlds that I want to bring together moving forward: psychology, politics, and school leadership.
While I was on that political detour I kept my passion for educating kids alive by continuing to write books and staying in touch with the fields of psychology and holistic education.
Before the global pandemic struck I had done presentations at conferences in North America, Europe, and in Asia on the topics of Self-Determination Theory and Deeper Learning.
After many decades of practice, research, presentations, and writing I am launching a new web site and a new life in which I will help you become a better school leader.
On the website and through the newsletter I will be sharing information about the research I think is interesting along with books and articles, some that might need to be set straight and some that deserve celebration for communicating the science particularly well.
Most exciting to me is the opportunity to share with you ways to bring it all together to help you use your leadership position to make your school better.
I want to help you make deeper learning become the norm, not the exception.
I will show you how to manage the hidden curriculum, not just worry about it.
Most important I will be painting a picture of holistic equity and how to achieve it by putting the psychology of learning into policy so that policy stops undermining the learning.
Thanks for joining me in my new adventure.
This article was printed from HolisticEquity.com